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Can you really stand dead silence?

Can you really stand dead silence?
Yes, one must go to the desert to do battle with devils. A saint would be able to best 45 minutes -- but then, who's a saint? Librarians, it would seem.... Maybe we should redo the test with an internet connection.... The next morning I began the wait for Arsenius who, I was told, would arrive later that day. It gave me some time to think about all the things Akakios had told me about the christian god.

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